(CTN News) – In a wave of whiffs, Philadelphia’s hot bats came to an end. A 2-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday trimmed the Phillies’ lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series after they had dominated at the plate in the first two games.
I can assure you that there was no lack of focus on the part of the Phillies manager Rob Thomson. I was impressed with the work these guys did coming into the ballpark today. They were locked in.
After missing numerous opportunities throughout the afternoon, the Diamondbacks won Game 3 on Ketel Marte’s bases-loaded single off Craig Kimbrel.
The Phillies had a quiet day at the plate, which set the stage for their heroics at home.
After hitting six home runs and outscoring the Diamondbacks 15-3 in the opening two games of the series in Philadelphia, the defending National League champion Phillies jumped on them early in the series.
A power outage in Game 3 was caused by both the desert air and Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers.
The rookie Diamondbacks catcher Brandon Pfaadt began the whiff fest by striking out nine in five and a third innings, matching Ranger Suárez’s outstanding performance.
As a result, Arizona Diamondbacks relievers combined with Pfaadt to hold the Phillies – who have ranked among the top 10 in the MLB in terms of hitting – to three hits. Despite not hitting a ball out of the infield, Philadelphia scored its only run in the seventh inning.
As Trea Turner stated, “Ranger kept us competitive, but we did not do enough offensively.”.
Philadelphia experienced a very different situation.
In front of their raucous fans, the Phillies outscored Arizona’s top two starters in 10 2/3 innings, scoring a combined nine runs.
They were flailing at pitches all afternoon in the desert due to a rookie pitcher.
Philadelphia’s hitters chased Pfaadt’s big curveballs and froze on his mid-90s fastballs, resulting in 18 swings and misses. In the second inning, the right-hander struck out six of seven batters. With two outs in the sixth, Torey Lovullo pulled him from the game after he allowed two hits without walking.
After 70 pitches, the hometown fans booed Pfaadt, who walked to the dugout to cheers.
As Lovullo pointed out, “I am certain that I was not the most popular person in Phoenix, in the downtown area, or perhaps even in the state of Arizona Diamondbacks as a whole.” ‘I would like to assure everyone who is trying to think along with me that I have a plan of action for everything that is going on.’ There has been a great deal of discussion regarding everything that has been done.”
Louvllo’s plan proved to be successful for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Andrew Saalfrank, Pfaadt’s replacement, got the final out of the sixth inning and began the seventh inning against Bryce Harper. The two-time NL MVP was walked by Saalfrank, who scored on Ryan Thompson’s wild pitch following an infield single and a double play.
It was the end of the Phillies’ season.
Thompson struck out in the seventh inning. Ginkel struck out two in the eighth and Sewald closed out the ninth after Harper walked with two outs.
Harper commented that “they capitalized on things we were not able to capitalize on.”.
Philly bullying is over. As a result, Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers shut down a team that had blasted its way through the playoffs before arriving in the desert.